The roles were reversed for New York Islanders star goaltender Rick DiPietro
when he got the chance to be a fan at the U.S. Open on Tuesday night. For DP, it was just the beginning of an eventful three days of activities.
For the first time ever, the NHL hosted a Player Media Tour in Manhattan, where DiPietro joined 13 fellow NHL stars including Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Martin Brodeur of the Devils, and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.
While the US Open was a perk to attending the NHL's Player Media Tour in Manhattan, the three-day event was very much a business trip for the 14 players.
Wednesday turned out to be the busiest day for DiPietro, who was shuttled from station to station inside the Empire Hotel to meet with various NHL departments. It all started on a fancy, lit catwalk where DiPietro shot promotional spots in a makeshift digital studio. He then proceeded to do more promotional spots and an interview with NHL Network.
After a little break, it was fashion time with a still photo shoot at NHL Images where DP donned a variety of outfits. After completing an interview with NH LPA.com, DiPietro performed one of the more interesting tasks of the day—creating interactive molds that fans will be able to view during the NHL All-Star Weekend. DP then knocked off two print interviews with the Associated Press and ESPN.com and finally got to take a 30-minute lunch break. So much for the glamorous life!
The second part of the day got started with on-camera interviews and promos with TSN and Versus, followed by a photo shoot and interview with USA Today.
DiPietro’s day ended at the NHL Powered by Rbk Store, where he made an appearance with Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. A Q&A session was conducted by XM Radio personality EJ Hradek and then the players signed autographs for all those in attendance.
DP’s activities concluded Thursday morning when he participated in NHL.com and NHL Radio interviews as well as a sit down with Maxim.com.
Now that it has all been said, it is time to hit the ice. Training Camp is two weeks away!